Have you been seriously hurt in an accident in Florida? Learn about these 5 things to know after a truck wreck, then call our lawyer today!
1) After a Truck Accident Injury
People that have been involved in accidents in a commercial trucking situation where a tractor trailer semi or a logging truck has collided with them often want to know what’s the first thing to do. Without fail, without exception, we tell them go get medical treatment, even if you don’t think you’re hurt, because many times, pain and discomfort don’t show up for several days. If you don’t get treated or if you don’t go see a doctor within the first 14 days, your own insurance is not required to pay. Go get checked out. Go get treated. Then the treatment process can happen and you’ll be in good shape.
The next thing to do is call a lawyer. Let the lawyer do the things that are important, such as preserve evidence. This is regardless of whether you actually have a case or not. He can go out to the accident scene, photograph the scene because collision scenes change, particularly up here in Nassau County. He can photograph the damage to your car. Cars get repaired, particularly if you have your own insurance collision coverage— they want to go in and get those cars repaired quickly. If we can get in early, we can preserve that evidence. The more we can preserve, the more value your case will have. First and foremost, if you’re involved in a trucking accident, commercial trucking accident. Go get treated so that your medical condition gets as good as it can get.
2) Common Mistakes in a Truck Accident Case
Mistakes we see people make when they’ve been involved in a commercial trucking accident is they don’t get medical treatment. Sometimes with the rush of adrenaline immediately following a collision, the pain receptors are masked and you don’t feel like you’re hurt so you don’t get medical treatment. Sometimes this pain doesn’t come on for several days. If you don’t get treated immediately, you won’t get the optimal recovery. If you don’t get treated and we take your case to trial, a jury might not believe that you’re hurt. Get treated immediately, particularly in Florida because if you don’t get treated within 14 days of the accident, your own insurance, your PIP insurance, will not be obligated to pay. That’s another reason. Get treated and call a lawyer because the lawyer can help navigate you through all of that. They can preserve evidence and can do the things that lawyers can do.
3) How Truck Accidents And Car Accidents Differ
One thing that clients don’t fully understand is that different kinds of accidents on the roadway are treated differently. That is especially true when it comes to an automobile versus a tractor trailer commercial trucking case. The drivers in trucking cases may have requirements that are set by the department of transportation, such as limitations on how long they can drive without making stops. There’s a total number of hour limits on their driving. There are recording devices. There are many things connected with evidence preservation in a commercial trucking case that do not exist in an automobile accident case.
It’s important that you get a lawyer who has experience and knows the questions to ask, knows where to go look for this evidence because it’s important. If you miss it, you could be missing some valuable evidence that would enhance the value of your case. Those are just some of the differences between those two kinds of cases.
4) Truck Accident Case Value
Putting a value on a trucking accident case is something that happens along the way in a case, not right away. People often ask in the initial conference what the value of their trucking accident case is. We don’t answer that question simply because we don’t have the answer in the initial conference. Lots goes into putting a value on your case: the nature and severity of your injury, whether your injury is permanent or not, and whether it impairs your ability to get through a day, for example. Whether you were working outside the home or not and other factors, whether the trucker was completely at fault or whether you and someone else shared the responsibility also goes into factoring the value of a case. Many times, we don’t have the pieces to that puzzle until later on. Typically, we won’t answer that question until we are well into the case after we’ve collected lots of information.
Have you or a loved one been injured in a crash and have questions about the 4 things to know after a truck wreck? Contact an experienced Nassau County truck accident lawyer at Paul Boone Law today for a free consultation and case evaluation.
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